We have the tools to prevent HIV
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a way of using HIV medication before sex to reduce the risk of HIV. It has been shown in studies to be highly effective.
It is available through the NHS as part of the IMPACT trial. This trial has now closed, but PrEP will be available to people at high risk of HIV on the NHS soon.
For information on PrEP during the coronavirus outbreak please click the link below:
We also support people taking PrEP that they have purchased online.
It is essential to have a HIV test before starting PrEP, and to have a check-up for all STIs including HIV every three months. You should also have a blood test to check your kidney function before you start.
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
PEP stands for Post-exposure prophylaxis. It is a 28 day course of HIV medicines that reduces the likelihood of HIV infection after you have been exposed.
PEP can be taken when there has been a risk that you have come into contact with HIV. This can be after unprotected sex or a condom break with someone who is at high risk of having HIV. It can also be taken if you have been sharing drug injecting equipment. PEP is not necessary for everyone who has had an episode of unprotected sex - you can discuss this in more detail with our staff.
PEP needs to be taken within 72 hours of exposure to be of any benefit, though the sooner you start the treatment the more likely it is to be effective.
You can obtain PEP at any GUM clinic or Accident and Emergency Department. Outside opening Hours (weekends and evenings) PEP can be obtained from the Accident and Emergency Department.